Support the Palestinian Struggle Against U.S.-Israeli Occupation

The following article is reprinted from "The Worker," newspaper.

June 16, 2003

Once again, Israel and its sponsor, U.S. imperialism, are talking about "peace" even while stepping up their war against the Palestinian people.

In the last 2 weeks, since accepting Bush's so-called "roadmap for peace," Israel has launched daily military attacks in Gaza and the West Bank, killing and wounding hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including children and infants. Israeli Prime Minister Sharon has openly announced an all-out war against Hamas and other Palestinian resistance forces. This war has been endorsed by the Bush administration whose spokesman, Ari Fleischer said: "The issue is not Israel. . . the issue is Hamas." (6/13/03).

In fact, Bush's "roadmap for peace" is nothing but a means for solidifying Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza while increasing the pressure and repression against the Palestinian people.

The very starting point of the roadmap is that the Palestinian Authority must renounce all resistance to the occupation and even bring its security forces directly under the control of the CIA so as to hunt down and suppress the resistance forces. Yet the roadmap does not demand that Israel renounce its occupation of the West Bank or Gaza or end its military rule and armed suppression of the Palestinian people.

When the Bush administration and the monopoly-controlled media talk about "Palestinian terrorism" they are trying to turn truth upsidedown and confound right and wrong.

It is the state of Israel - financed and commanded by the U.S. government - which is the real terrorist and source of violence. It is Israel which has invaded and occupied Palestine and which is killing the Palestinian people and subjecting them to a continuous reign of terror.

Peace will come to the region only when the Israeli aggressors withdraw all their troops from occupied Palestine and dismantle all their settlements, when all the Palestinian people are allowed to return to their homes and when a genuinely sovereign Palestinian state is recognized.

This is what the Palestinian people are fighting for and in recent days, they have shown again that neither the political pressure and plots of imperialism and zionism nor brutal aggression will stop their liberation struggle.

It is the duty of the American people to support this struggle and demand the immediate end of all U.S. aid to the aggressive state of Israel.